SCRLC News

Nov 2, 2018
Congratulations to Brian Hildreth! 
Five new members were appointed to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries in October, including Brian Hildreth, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System. Brian also chairs SCRLC's Awareness & Advocacy Committee and the Trustee Education Committee of the NYS Public Library System Directors Organization (PULISDO), is President of the Public Libraries Section Board of the New York Library Association (NYLA), and serves as secretary of NYLA's Rural Libraries Roundtable. Congratulations, Brian!
Digital Divide Report from PEW Research Center
"Nearly one-in-five teens can't always finish their homework because of the digital divide."
Take Action
In the spirit of #LibrariesRespondwe feature weekly action items that positively contribute to the library community amidst natural disasters, drug epidemics, political unrest and hate crimes.
VOTE! And encourage your patrons/members, etc. to do the same.
*******Check out Ballot Ready to have every candidate and referendum explained.*******
New York Heritage Image
Unloading horse from canal boat, 1915
The Erie Canal & Women's Suffrage Traveling Exhibits
"Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal" is at Cortland Free Library and The History Center in Tompkins County is hosting "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State." Both exhibitions will be there until November 9th. 
Both exhibits also have complementary, detailed online exhibitions available.
November Education Focus: Community Engagement
*Also, check out Civic Switchboard, an IMLS-funded project aiming to develop the capacity of academic and public libraries in civic data ecosystems.
The Director's Cup 
Cheery Friday Greetings,
If you were at the annual meeting last week you will have already received a copy of the 2017 annual report. Copies are going out today, along with your individual membership benefits summary, a.k.a. the "report card." Directors will receive a PDF copy next week that they can share with staff and other stakeholders.
The "report card" summarizes what you contribute to SCRLC and what you receive from your membership. We have moved its compilation and distribution from March to now. The move was quite an undertaking, i.e., two in one year, but it will make it easier for you to review your individual summary in context of the annual report.
As I was reviewing individual data, I noticed that some governing members do not seem to be using all of the electronic resources available to them, e.g. Consumer Health Complete. If you are a governing member, you have access to CHC; affiliate public libraries access to it through their public library system. Please contact Julia Corrice if you are not receiving it, or notice other electronic resources that you have access to but are not using (if you are using a resource, there will generally be data on the report card except for FirstSearch). If there are other programs and services that you have questions about, feel free to contact me-we want to see our members using all of the services that are available to them!
With gratitude, I thank you for your membership in South Central Regional Library Council. And always, always, always contact us with your ideas, questions, or to say, "sure-I would like to serve on a committee, task force, or the Board!"
Yours in partnership,
Mary-Carol Lindbloom
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
NOVEMBER
Educational Services Advisory Committee, 11/6 @SCRLC
Auburn Librarian's Meetup, 11/19, 5pm @ Next Chapter Brewpub
All-Committee Meeting & Workshop, 11/30 @ Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Library
DECEMBER
Advocacy & Awareness Committee, 12/10
Board of Trustees Meeting, 12/14
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